Prof Stella Sandford

Position: Professor Of Modern European Philosophy
School: Humanities
Extension: 62088
Location: Room PR TB 7011, Tower Block, Penrhyn Road


After completing my PhD at the University of Essex in 1997, I worked at various UK universities until I joined the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy in 1999, when it was based at Middlesex University. I moved to Kingston with other members of the CRMEP in 2010.

Research Interests:

Philosophy of sex and gender; philosophy and feminist theory; philosophy and psychoanalytic theory; philosophies of natural history (especially in relation to Kant); Kant; Simone de Beauvoir; Plato and the reception of Plato in modern European philosophy.

Current Project:
The Sex of Natural History
Drawing on both Locke and Kant, and specifically Kant's distinction between description of nature and natural history (given the role of teleological principles in the latter) this project proposes a philosophical investigation of the intellectual bases of the historical practice of classification in natural history and the foundational place of sex classification within it.

Educational and professional qualifications

1997 PhD, 'Levinas and the Question of the Feminine' , University of Essex
1992 MA Continental Philosophy , University of Essex
1991 BA Philosophy and History of Ideas , Middlesex Polytechnic


In 2015-16 I will be teaching:
PH7801 Kant and His Legacy: a focussed study of Kant's Critique of Pure Reason and its reception in both the 'continental' and 'analytical' philosophical traditions, including a consideration of Kant's role in the construction of the concept of 'race'.
PH7906 Philosophy and Psychoanalysis: Based on the study of a selection of Freud's major and minor works, mining them for their philosophical significance and the implications of psychoanalysis for philosophy. This year we will foucs on a selection of Freud's metapsychological texts on the unconscious, on the Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality and on Totem and Taboo

Research supervision

I have supervised PhDs on Levinas and Foucault; feminist art theory and Lacan; and the genealogy of materialism. I am currently supervising or second supervising PhDs on Freud and queer theory; Kant and 'race'; Kant's dynamics; and habit.

I welcome enquiries in these and other areas, including (but not limited to) feminist philosophy, philosophy of sex and gender, philosophy and psychoanalytic theory, critical philosophy of race, Locke and 'continental' philosophy, and Kant.

Professional activity

I have been a member of the Radical Philosophy Editorial Collective since 1996.
I am a member of the Executive Committee of the UK Society for Women in Philosophy.
I am a member of the British Philosophical Association.
I am amember of the Society for European Philosophy.

Research outputs

Number of items: 58.


Sandford, Stella (2017) Race and sex in Western philosophy : another answer to the question 'What does it mean to orient oneself in thinking?'. Critical Philosophy of Race, ISSN (print) 2165-8684 (In Press)

Sandford, Stella (2016) Freud, Bion and Kant : epistemology and anthropology in The interpretation of dreams. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, ISSN (print) 0020-7578 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Sandford, Stella (2016) The dream is a fragment : Freud, transdisciplinarity and early German Romanticism. Radical Philosophy(198), pp. 25-34. ISSN (print) 0300-211X

Sandford, Stella (2015) Contradiction of terms : feminist theory, philosophy and transdisciplinarity. Theory, Culture & Society, 32(5-6), pp. 159-182. ISSN (print) 0263-2764

Sandford, Stella (2015) The Pregnant Male as Myth and Metaphor in Classical Greek Literature. Classical Review, 65(1), pp. 18-20. ISSN (print) 0009-840X

Sandford, Stella (2013) Spontaneous generation: the fantasy of the birth of concepts in Kant’s 'Critique of pure reason'. Radical philosophy(179), pp. 15-26. ISSN (print) 0300-211X

Sandford, Stella (2011) Sex: a transdisciplinary concept. From structure to rhizome: transdisciplinarity in French thought (1). Radical philosophy(165), pp. 23-30. ISSN (print) 0300-211X

Sandford, Stella (2011) What is maternal labour? Studies in the Maternal, 3(2), ISSN (online) 1759-0434

Sandford, Stella (2008) 'All human beings are pregnant': the bisexual imaginary in Plato's Symposium. Radical Philosophy(150), pp. 24-35. ISSN (print) 0300-211X

Sandford, Stella (2007) Sexmat, revisited. Radical philosophy(145), pp. 28-35. ISSN (print) 0300-211X

Sandford, Stella (2006) Book Review of: Simone de Beauvoir: philosophe, by Michel Kail. Radical Philosophy(140), pp. 51-53. ISSN (print) 0300-211X

Sandford, Stella (2006) Sexually ambiguous: Eros and sexuality in Plato and Freud. Angelaki: Journal of Theoretical Humanities, 11(3), pp. 43-59. ISSN (print) 0969-725X

Sandford, Stella (2005) Book Review of: Simone de Beauvoir, edited by Margaret A Simons with Marybeth Timmerman and Mary Beth Mader. Radical Philosophy(133), pp. 52-55. ISSN (print) 0300-211X

Sandford, Stella (2005) Thinking sex politically: rethinking 'Sex' in Plato's Republic. South Atlantic Quarterly, 104(4), pp. 613-630. ISSN (print) 0038-2876

Sandford, Stella (2004) Book Review of: Abstract sex: philosophy, bio-technology and the mutations of desire by Luciana Parisi, and The sex appeal of the inorganic, by Mario Perniola. Radical Philosophy(127), pp. 35-40. ISSN (print) 0300-211X

Sandford, Stella (2003) Book Review of: Beyond sex and gender by Wendy Cealey Harrison and John Hood-Williams. Radical Philosophy(118), pp. 36-38. ISSN (print) 0300-211X

Sandford, Stella (2003) Going back: Heidegger, East Asia and "The West". Radical Philosophy(120), pp. 11-22. ISSN (print) 0300-211X

Sandford, Stella (2002) Book Review of: An introduction to feminist episteologies by Alessandra Tanesini, and Illusions of paradox: a feminist epistemology naturalized by Richmond Campbell. Mind, 111(442), pp. 491-499. ISSN (print) 0026-4423

Sandford, Stella (2002) Book Review of: Truth and singularity: taking Foucault into phenomenology by Rudi Visker. Radical Philosophy(113), pp. 43-45. ISSN (print) 0300-211X

Sandford, Stella (2001) Feminism against 'the feminine'. Radical Philosophy(105), pp. 6-14. ISSN (print) 0300-211X

Sandford, Stella (2000) Book Review of: The Edinburgh encyclopedia of continental philosophy by Simon Glendinning (ed.). Radical Philosophy(102), pp. 42-45. ISSN (print) 0300-211X

Sandford, Stella (1999) 50 years of 'The second sex'. The Philosopher's Magazine, 7, pp. 43-45. ISSN (print) 1354-814X

Sandford, Stella (1999) Book Review of: African-American philosophers: 17 conversations by George Yancy (ed.). Radical philosophy(95), pp. 55-57. ISSN (print) 0300-211X

Sandford, Stella (1999) Book Review of: Liberation and purity: race, new religious movements and the ethics of postmodernity by Chetan Bhatt. Radical Philosophy(95), pp. 57-58. ISSN (print) 0300-211X

Sandford, Stella (1999) Contingent ontologies: sex, gender and 'woman' in Simone de Beauvoir and Judith Butler. Radical Philosophy, 97, pp. 18-29. ISSN (print) 0300-211X

Sandford, Stella (1999) Levinas in the realm of the senses: transcendence and intelligibility. Angelaki: Journal of Theoretical Humanities, 4(3), pp. 61-73. ISSN (print) 0969-725X

Sandford, Stella (1999) Plato and Levinas: the same and the other. Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, 30(2), pp. 131-150. ISSN (print) 0007-1773

Sandford, Stella (1998) Book Review of: Levinas: an introduction by Colin Davis, and Basic philosophical writings by Emmanuel Levinas. Radical Philosophy(87), pp. 49-50. ISSN (print) 0300-211X

Sandford, Stella (1998) She loves me, she loves me not... Book Review of: 'Love between equals: a philosophical study of love and sexual relationships' by John Wilson. Times Higher Education Supplement, ISSN (print) 0049-3929

Sandford, Stella (1997) Book Review of: In spite of Plato: a feminist rewriting of ancient philosophy by Adriana Cavarero. Radical philosophy(81), pp. 50-51. ISSN (print) 0300-211X

Sandford, Stella (1996) Book Review of: 'Emmanuel Levinas: the genealogy of ethics' by John Llewelyn. Radical philosophy, 80, ISSN (print) 0300-211X


Merck, Mandy and Sandford, Stella, eds. (2010) Further Adventures of the Dialectic of Sex: Critical Essays on Shulamith Firestone. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. 304p. (Breaking Feminist Waves) ISBN 9780230100299

Sandford, Stella (2010) Plato and Sex. Cambridge, U.K. : Polity Press. 224p. ISBN 9780745626406

Sandford, Stella (2006) How to read Beauvoir. London, U.K. : Granta. 128p. (How to read) ISBN 1862078742

Sandford, Stella and Osborne, Peter, eds. (2002) Philosophies of race and ethnicity. London, U.K. : Continuum. 220p. ISBN 0826459943

Sandford, Stella (2000) The metaphysics of love: gender and transcendence in Levinas. London, U.K. : Athlone Press. 179p. ISBN 0485115662

Book Section

Sandford, Stella (2016) Feminist phenomenology, pregnancy, and transcendental subjectivity. In: Bornemark, Jonna and Smith, Nicholas, (eds.) Phenomenology of pregnancy. Huddinge, Sweden : Sodertorn University. pp. 51-70. (Sodertorn Philosophical Studies, no. 18) ISSN (print) 1651-6834 ISBN 9789187843389

Sandford, Stella (2014) "Sex" and "sexual difference". In: Cassin, Barbara , Apter, Emily , Lezra, Jacques and Wood, Michael, (eds.) Dictionary of untranslatables: a philosophical lexicon. Princeton : Princeton University Press. pp. 972-973. ISBN 9780691138701

Sandford, Stella (2013) The incomplete Locke: Balibar, Locke and the philosophy of the subject. In: Balibar, Etienne, (ed.) Identity and difference: John Locke and the invention of consciousness. London, U.K. : Verso. pp. xi-xlvi. ISBN 9781781681343

Sandford, Stella (2010) The dialectic of The Dialectic of Sex. In: Merck, Mandy and Sandford, Stella, (eds.) Further Adventures of the Dialectic of Sex. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 235-253. (Breaking Feminist Waves) ISBN 9780230100299

Sandford, Stella (2007) The origins and ends of 'sex'. In: Kerslake, Christian and Brassier, Ray, (eds.) Origins and ends of the mind: philosophical essays on psychoanalysis. Leuven, Belgium : Leuven University Press. pp. 163-183. ISBN 9789058676177

Sandford, Stella (2005) Writing as a man: Levinas and the phenomenology of Eros. In: Katz, Claire and Trout, Lara, (eds.) Emmanuel Levinas: Critical Assessments of Leading Philosophers. London, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 369-387. ISBN 0415310547

Sandford, Stella and Osborne, Peter (2002) Introduction: philosophies of race and ethnicity. In: Sandford, Stella and Osborne, Peter, (eds.) Philosophies of Race and Ethnicity. London, U.K. : Continuum. pp. 1-9. ISBN 0826459943

Sandford, Stella (2002) Levinas, feminism and the feminine. In: Critchley, Simon and Bernasconi, Robert, (eds.) The Cambridge companion to Levinas. Cambridge, U.K. : Cambridge University Press. pp. 139-160. ISBN 0521662060

Sandford, Stella (2001) Masculine mothers? Maternity in Levinas and Plato. In: Chanter, Tina, (ed.) Feminist Interpretations of Emmanuel Levinas. University Park, Pennsylvania : Pennsylvania State University Press. pp. 180-202. ISBN 0271021136

Sandford, Stella (1996) Feminist philosophy and the fate of Hegel's Antigone. In: Griffiths, M. and Whitford, M., (eds.) Women Review Philosophy: New Writing by Women in Philosophy. Nottingham : Nottingham University Press.

Conference or Workshop Item

Sandford, Stella (2010) Sex. In: From structure to rhizome: transdisciplinarity in French thought, 1945-the present: histories, concepts, constructions; 16 - 17 Apr 2010, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Sandford, Stella (2009) Of Gods and men: the Timaeus and the universal ontology of sex. In: Philosophy seminars; 19 Mar 2009, Hatfield, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Sandford, Stella (2009) The politics of sex. In: Situated selves: phenomenology, law and aesthetics; 30 - 31 Oct 2009, Liverpool, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Sandford, Stella (2008) Beauvoir: the transformation of philosophy and philosophical transfiguration. In: The legacies of Simone de Beauvoir: 16th Simone de Beauvoir Society Conference; 13 - 15 Jun 2008, Newcastle, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Sandford, Stella (2008) Diotima-Plato: the bi sexual imagery. In: Embodiment and Identity; 22 - 23 May 2008, Hull, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Sandford, Stella (2008) Of Gods and men: the natural beginning of sex? In: Fourth Annual Joint Conference of the Society for European Philosophy and the Forum for European Philosophy; 29 - 31 Aug 2008, Dublin, Ireland. (Unpublished)

Sandford, Stella (2008) Sex and genos in Plato's Republic. In: 2008 Political Thought Conference (UK); 03 - 05 Jan 2008, Oxford, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Sandford, Stella and Hutchings, Kimberly (2008) The legacy of Simone de Beauvoir. In: Dialogues; 14 Feb 2008, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Sandford, Stella (2008) The origin of sex. In: Literary and critical theory seminar; 03 Dec 2008, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Sandford, Stella (2007) Sexual materialism: Firestone revisited. In: Materials and materialisms; 12 May 2007, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Sandford, Stella (2004) Sex and genos in Plato's Symposium. In: The pyschoanalytical ontology of the human; 20 - 21 Jan 2004, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Sandford, Stella (2002) Philosophies of race and ethnicity. In: Interdisciplinary seminar series; 30 Oct 2002, Hong Kong, China. (Unpublished)

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